Your face shape will fall under one of these categories: oval, round, square, rectangular, heart, or diamond-shaped. In general, if you have a wide forehead and a small chin, you most likely have a heart-shaped face. Wearers with round or oval faces generally have softer features, while those with square- or rectangular faces have strong jawlines and more angular foreheads. Diamond-shaped faces are widest across the middle, with an angular look to the cheekbones. You may find that you fall between two shapes, or are a combination of two. Don't worry: This is common, and most likely means that the frames that flatter either one of those shapes will work for you.
Determining your face shape is as simple as taking some measurements and looking at the angles and planes of your bone structure. Once you know your face shape, it's easy to select a pair of glasses or sunglasses that complement your features. Follow our tips for how to know your face shape and find the best glasses for you.
Determining your face shape requires four measurements: face length, forehead width, cheekbone width, and jawline width. If it's too difficult to do this on your own, you can always grab a friend or family member to help or use a measuring tape app on your phone. Jot the measurements down so that you can refer to them later.
Note: For more on measuring your glasses size and not just your face shape, follow our guide on how to find your proper fit.
Now that you have your measurements in hand, you can use them to determine your face shape.
Some wearers will find that they have a combination of two face shapes. The best example of this is the diamond and oval faces, which are very similar, but not exactly the same. (Think of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, who exemplify the best of both face shapes.) If you find that your measurements fall between two types of shapes, never fear. This means that you will look good in the glasses and sunglasses most flattering to both face shapes.
Alternate-fit glasses feature proportions tailored to wearers with high cheekbones and low or wide nose bridges. Sunglasses and eyeglasses makers across the board make frames of all types with these comfort features. If you notice that you have a flat nose bridge and high cheekbones, or have had problems in the past with standard frames leaving a line across your cheeks, consider trying alternate-fit frames in your favorite silhouette to achieve easy all-day wear.
The most common face shapes include oval, round, square, rectangular, heart, or diamond types, but many people have a combination of types or fall between two of them.
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